When artist Robin Sullivan read that the 1km grid reference SX0753 that include the clay tanks at Par Moor Road, Carlyon is the most biodiverse area in the whole of Cornwall he just had to know more.

Robin’s research has lead him to find out about increases in plant migration since global trading, how plants ‘hitchhiked’ with china clay trading ships and found an oasis to root within the industrial waste yet many of them disappeared a short while later.

In this conversation with Festival Producer Cat Radford, Robin draws parallels between his research, the politics of the terms ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ now and through history, and how he anticipates he will respond to these questions through his artwork.

We look forward to Robin sharing some of his findings with us and members of St Austell at the 2021 Green and Whitegold Festival where he’ll be offering a ‘hands on’ workshop imprinting plants in clay tiles.

View the film above.

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